Staying Ahead of the SAD Curve

Posted by TMS Solutions Staff on Nov 12, 2019 10:55:04 AM

Here we are, creeping steadily closer to the shortest day of the year, the Winter Solstice on December 21st, the official start of winter.  If you've managed to reset your daily routine (and that of your kids and pets) after the recent time change, you're doing pretty well.  But what if you aren't?  Well, there's a logical reason--and it's not just the start of the Christmas commercials on TV and the Christmas decor popping up in local stores.

Seasonal Affective Disorder , or SAD, is an illness affecting many Americans. Approximately  half the time, d epression is associated with SAD. According to Psychology Today, "Seasonal affective disorder is estimated to affect 10 million Americans. Another 10 percent to 20 percent may have mild SAD...many people with SAD report at least one close relative with a psychiatric disorder, most frequently a severe depressive disorder (55 percent) or alcohol abuse (34 percent).” 21st, the official start of winter. 
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Topics: Dealing with Depression, Depression, SAD, Depression and Anxiety, TMS Therapy Treatment

TMS Therapy and Postpartum Depression

Posted by Robert A. Sammons, Jr., M.D., Ph.D. on Oct 16, 2019 12:24:36 PM

It is not uncommon for new mothers to have a period of depression or anxiety after the birth of their child, generally referred to as the “baby blues.”  This can include disruption in sleep, increase in anxiety, mood swings, crying, etc.  In about 15% of cases, these symptoms become long-lasting and more severe, turning into what is clinically referred to as postpartum depression.

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Topics: Postpartum Depression, TMS Therapy Treatment

Helping TMS: Betting On Predictions

Posted by Robert A. Sammons, Jr., M.D., Ph.D. on Sep 19, 2019 1:44:20 PM

As I’ve mentioned before in different blog posts, anxiety and worry are comorbid, or occur together, with depression about 60% of the time.  Also, as I’ve mentioned, I’ve found it interesting as a behaviorist to watch people engage in behavior over and over again that does not work, yet they continue to do it.  As the punchline to one of my favorite stories goes, “If it makes you sick, why do you do it?” 

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Topics: TMS Therapy Treatment

TMS: A Self Portrait

Posted by Robert A. Sammons, Jr., M.D., Ph.D. on Aug 19, 2019 1:44:54 PM

Way before HIPAA existed, counselors, psychologists, and psychiatrists were trained to protect the identity of their patients, and this certainly included testimonials. Times have changed, and patient testimonials are ubiquitous. In considering this, I think it’s due to two factors.

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Topics: TMS Therapy Treatment, Testimonial

Quiet Explosions: The Jerri Sher Documentary On Head Injuries

Posted by Christopher Blackburn on Jun 13, 2019 8:03:53 PM

What a wonderful opportunity to experience individuals who, truly, want to give back to the betterment of human life.  This last weekend Dr. Sammons and I had the privilege to participate in this amazing event.

Jerri Sher is a two-time Emmy Award-winning filmmaker who has just completed work on her latest documentary, Quiet Explosions. It addresses the issue of traumatic brain injury (TBI) across the spectrum of military members, athletes, and civilians.

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Topics: Brain Injury, TMS Therapy Treatment